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  • Google Doodles is looking for an International Junior Doodler

    Ever spent hours doodling the letter G on some random famous person's birthday? Google may have a job for you all the way in San Francisco, USA. Google Doodles is looking for an International Junior Doodle Artist to join its team and provide some insights into non-US cultural experiences. The team says it would prefer applicants from South or Southeast Asia and the Middle East, but it will be accepting applications from around the world. The #GoogleDoodles team is looking for a Jr. Doodler w/ international experience to join our team! 👀 details → https://t.co/6YS1Zedj7k pic.twitter.com/pnnTaSzX41 — Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) September 28, 2017 Advertised on none other...

  • Your pocket guide to the 2017 Streamy Award winners

    The 2017 Streamy Awards last night honoured YouTube's best and brightest -- but if you're feeling out of the loop, here's a quick guide to the evening's winners. Show of the Year: Sugar Pine 7 Steven Suptic used to create Minecraft videos. He was then a host on Sourcefed, before the rug was ripped from under the company and all employees were given short notice of their retrenchment. Suptic began vlogging -- but it wasn't your regular point, shoot, and talk to the camera. He used freeze frames and voice overs to blend real-life with scripted comedy and improv. The style evolved...

  • Last week in trailers: Tomb Raider, Pitch Perfect, Maze Runner & more

    This week in our roundup we have a healthy blend of high-budget, polished trailers and low-budgets that use egregious fonts -- so whether you're feeling artsy or in the mood for trash, you're bound to get something out of it. Here's the list. Tomb Raider Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) is Lara Croft in the upcoming reboot of Tomb Raider, and fans are already displeased. "Last message from father cliche, saving world with dead dad cliche, badass hero fight countless men with machine guns cliche," wrote one YouTube commenter -- which is valid. A whole host of other comments commented on the size...

  • Married at First Sight SA season 2 will not include gay couples

    Married at First Sight SA's second season will not feature any same-sex marriages, an executive producer revealed yesterday at a DStv showcase. The series -- a local spinoff of a US reality show -- matches two individuals by comparing finances, religion, and "similarities". But it's no ordinary matchmaking show: like the title suggests, participants agree to a legal marriage as the first blind date. It then documents their lives together and, after several weeks, couples can choose to stay married or go their separate ways. So why does the SA show not feature any gay marriages, despite it being legal for over...

  • Instagram ‘advertises’ itself on Facebook with rape threats

    Instagram has come under fire for advertising itself on parent company Facebook's platform with a screenshot of an email that read "I will rape you before I kill you". Instagram is using one of my most "engaging" posts to advertise its service to others on Facebook 😂pic.twitter.com/lyEBHQXMfa — Olivia Solon (@oliviasolon) September 21, 2017 The Guardian reporter Olivia Solon had posted the image to her feed a year ago. Her caption read: "This is an email I received this afternoon. Sadly this is all too common for women on the internet. I am sure this is just an idiot rather than any kind...

  • Russian Facebook pages may have organised pro-Trump rallies

    Suspected Russian Facebook page Being Patriotic organised pro-Trump and anti-Clinton rallies in the build-up to the 2016 US election, The Daily Beast has found. On 20 August 2016 -- less than three months before the election in November -- the page created a number of events collectively titled "Florida Goes Trump!" It called for supporters to rally together in 17 different cities and towns. The position in Florida is crucial, as it is a swing state that could have reasonably been won by either party. US President Donald Trump won 49.1% of the vote in Florida, as opposed to Hillary Clinton's 47.8%. The Daily Beast found proof...

  • Twitter’s efforts to cull pro-terror content seems to be working

    Twitter's latest transparency report reveals that the platform's effort to cut down on pro-terror content is working. According to the report, the first half of the year saw just under 300 000 accounts removed for promoting internationally recognized terror movements or the violence associated with them. This is a 20% drop from the previous reporting period. The company recently joined forces with the likes of Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft to share information on how to combat pro-terror content, including AI that can swiftly detect dangerous content. The report says that 95% of the removed terror accounts were the result of internal efforts...

  • Stronger review: a nuanced take on the messiness of recovery

    On 15 April 2013 Jeff Bauman was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to win back his girlfriend. He was next to the bomb when it exploded; he lost both his legs. An image of his rescue went viral, and Bauman was thrust unwillingly into the spotlight. He became the face of the Boston Strong movement, of a city clinging to hope and love in a time when despair would have been easy. Now, three years after Bauman published his memoir, David Gordon Green (Our Brand is Crisis) has brought his story to the big screen. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal...

  • SA’s box office: ‘It’ floats to the top of the charts

    The Stephen King adaptation It has smashed into top spot at South Africa's box office after bringing in over R5-million -- officially making it the largest opening for a horror film ever. The film has already broken plenty records: It's the highest-grossing film ever released in September in the US, the highest-grossing Stephen King film ever, it has the widest R-rated release, and it looks set to overtake The Exorcist as the highest-grossing horror film of all time. But with Pennywise pulling us all down to the sewers, how did the other films manage this weekend? (15 - 17 September) 'It' has already broken plenty records: it's the highest-grossing film ever released...

  • Last week in trailers: Downsizing, Shape of Water, and JLaw’s Red Sparrow

    The last week in trailers promoted A-list faces in highly-anticipated movies, so grab some popcorn because there's bound to be something in this list that gets you hype. The Shape of Water The red-band trailer for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water has been released, and, no, there isn't any inter-species fish sex, I'm sorry to say. The "other-worldly fairy tale" is set in Cold War-era America, and tells of a lonely mute woman whose life changes when she discovers a top secret "asset" in the form of an alien fish-man. It stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon, and hits South African...

  • Here’s what the web thought of the 2017 Emmy Awards

    Every year, Hollywood's television bigwigs get together in one room to praise each other and themselves at the Emmy Awards. This year's ceremony, hosted by Stephen Colbert, was rife with political commentary and Hollywood's favourite brand of self-congratulations. But not everyone could stomach the show -- so here's a roundup of the response to what went down Sunday night. The Handmaid's Tale won five awards Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale pulled in the most of awards of the evening: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Ann Dowd), Outstanding Directing for a Drama...

  • The US summer box office tanked, but what about SA?

    Hollywood's summer season -- usually rife with blockbusters and massive hits -- took a beating this year as the worst summer in over a decade. US audiences avoided cinemas like the plague, resulting in a 14.6% drop in revenue from 2016. The last time sales were this low, The Da Vinci Code was airing and we were all excited for the second Pirates of the Caribbean installment. There have been a number of reasons put forward for this drop: franchise fatigue, increasing ticket prices, and the demand for online streaming all surely play a part in keeping viewers away from the...

  • Women file pay discrimination lawsuit against Google

    Three women have filed a lawsuit against Google claiming systemic pay discrimination, according to The Guardian. The former employees claim the company consistently pays men more for doing similar work as women in similar conditions. They also allege that Google denies women opportunities for advancement. The class-action complaint, filed on behalf of all women employed by the company in California in the last four years, could see more employees stepping up as it continues. Leading the charge is former employee Kelly Ellis, who has provided detailed evidence of Google's alleged pay gap. Ellis says that when she was first hired, Google placed her in a "Level 3" job, typically reserved for...

  • Donald Trump calls for terrorists’ internet to be ‘cut off’ after London explosion

    US President Donald Trump has tweeted that terrorists' internet should be "cut off" and "use better" in the wake of an explosion in London that saw dozens injured. Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017 "The internet is main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" he tweeted. A homemade explosive caught fire in a tube station Friday morning, injuring 18 people who were taken to hospital in non-critical condition. We have taken 18 patients...

  • Facebook removes ads targeting ‘Jew haters’

    Facebook profiles can be obnoxious. With no vetting procedures on the information provided for education or employment, friends can say they attended Hogwarts or that they work at NASA despite failing high school maths. But while some have been using these self-reporting fields to make harmless jokes, others have been using them to spew hatred -- and it's been revealed that advertisers could have specifically targeted these individuals. On Thursday, a report by Propublica revealed that advertisers, who have the ability to select which demographic they'd like to target, have been able to select the likes of "Jew hater", "how to burn Jews", and "history of...